Sammer Tang

Regional Lead for Quality, Public Health England; Public Health Lead, College of Paramedics

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Monkeypox outbreak: what paramedics need to know

Monkeypox is viral zoonotic disease (i.e. virus transmitted to human from animals) caused by the monkeypox virus. It is an Orthopoxvirus similar to the smallpox virus and was named when it was first...

Mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers: an ethical dilemma?

Vaccine hesitancy is defined by the WHO as a ‘refusal or delay in vaccine acceptance despite availability of vaccine services’ (Butler and MacDonald, 2015)..

Key facts about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the UK

Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna have manufactured three COVID-19 vaccines currently approved by the MHRA for use across the UK..

Seasonal flu, vaccinations and COVID-19

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, a new and continuous cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste)..

The new coronavirus disease: what do we know so far?

As of 7 April 2020, there were more than 1 270 000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 68 000 confirmed fatalities (WHO, 2020b). At the same time, in the UK, there was a cumulative total of...

Social prescribing: surely, we are not just going to prescribe tea and biscuits

Wider social determinants such as income, social class, occupation and parental occupation, level of education, housing condition, neighbourhood quality, geographic region, gender and ethnicity are...

Homelessness: implications for paramedic practice

The full extent of homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK is difficult to describe. Homelessness is recorded differently in each nation, and not all homeless people show up in official statistics....